Each year, I try and return to the province where I grew up. My family still lives there so I always have a reason to go. Home cooked meals and fresh baked bread are always plenty and my family and I always have a good laugh session, or two. My most recent trip provided me with a much deeper appreciation for my home province.
I recently said to someone, "You have to leave in order to appreciate what you have" or in my case had. As young kids, we don't understand sometimes the most valuable things are not actually material things, they are places. From my most recent trip home this really stood out in my mind. I'm not sure it's just a sign of getting older or if it's just understanding what my own values are. Either which way, I've come to appreciate home for what it offers.
Every year that I've returned home there has always been one place that i've photographed. Flatrock, NL, is a little community outside of St. John's nestled in a cove filled by water from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by rugged costal cliffs. I skipped this regular spot and opted for more exploring. Most of us hate change, we become fixated on what we love and desire and any type of change gives us uncertainty, but change is good. Change gives us the ability to challenge ourselves, overcome fears and learn more about ourselves.
Change for me was finding new surroundings to explore and to expand my thought process around my photography. With todays' technology, (Google) we have everything at our finger tips and it provides us with information and insight. It does the work for us, except actually being somewhere in the flesh.
I wanted to find a new location to hike and explore so I searched Newfoundland hiking trails and found an endless amount of options. I decided on a portion of the East Coast Trail, in Torbay, NL. I decided to hike Torbay Point, which is a .5 km trail with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and a coastline sunset which I was hoping would to give me the most dynamic lighting conditions with strong deep yellows and dark contrast shadows hitting the rugged coastline and waters.
Arriving at the end of Torbay Point I was met with exactly what I wanted to find. No wind, a slight fog over the Atlantic Ocean and those deep yellows from the evening sun. When I arrive at the point, I said to myself... "are you kidding me, Unbelievable!". It was the same feeling you had as a kid on Christmas morning and you saw the tree with the gifts underneath it. You don't know where to begin and you want so much to open all the gifts and not want it to end. Photographing a new location is like that for me. I get beside myself on the inside and want that sunlight to last as long as it can so I can capture all the places around it.
Having found a new location to photograph like Torbay, opens up more adventures for when I return home again. Newfoundland and Labrador has so much to offer from a photography aspect and it has a lasting impression that sticks with you, rain or shine.
Below are some of the photos along that evening hike. I was so impressed, I returned the next day. Sometimes once is just not enough.